Scientists offer road map to improve environmental observations in the Indian Ocean

IMAGE: Artist’s illustration of the Indian Ocean Observing System and its societal applications. IndOOS data support research to advance scientific knowledge about the Indian Ocean circulation, climate variability and change, and… view more  Credit: JAMSTEC. MIAMI–A group of more than 60 scientists have provided recommendations to improve the Indian Ocean Observing System (IndOOS), a basin-wide monitoring […]

Scientists offer road map to improve environmental observations in the Indian Ocean

Artist’s illustration of the Indian Ocean Observing System and its societal applications. IndOOS data support research to advance scientific knowledge about the Indian Ocean circulation, climate variability and change, and biogeochemistry, as well as societal applications due to its contribution to operational analyses and forecasts. Citation: Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 101, 11; 10.1175/BAMS-D-19-0209.1 […]

Can a mother’s stress impact children’s disease development? University of Cincinnati environmental health researcher says there is a connection between trauma and DNA mutation — ScienceDaily

Stress on an expectant mother could affect her baby’s chance of developing disease — perhaps even over the course of the child’s life, UC researchers have found. Psychosocial factors creating stress — such as lack of social support, loneliness, marriage status or bereavement — may be mutating their child’s mitochondrial DNA and could be a […]

Six memorable environmental stories from 2020

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Environmental effects of purchasing, consuming mislabeled fish — ScienceDaily

Perhaps that sauteed snapper you enjoyed last evening at your neighborhood restaurant was not snapper at all. Perhaps it was Pacific Ocean perch, cloaked in a wine sauce to disguise its true identity. The same goes for that grouper you paid a handsome price for at your local fishmonger’s and cooked up at home. Instead, […]

Landmark climate policy faces growing claims of environmental racism

Credit: CC0 Public Domain When California passed its landmark cap-and-trade law in 2006, supporters were hopeful that the program would provide the template for other states—and eventually the federal government—to solve the climate crisis. Now, many environmental groups are increasingly saying the program has done little to curb climate change. Worse, they say, it is […]

Silica the best environmental alternative to plastic microbeads, finds study

Following bans on plastic microbeads in wash-off cosmetics, a new study weighs up the environmental costs of alternatives. Microbeads have been included in personal care and cosmetic products ranging from toothpastes and sunscreen to body scrubs and industrial hand cleaners, usually to improve qualities like abrasiveness. Microbeads are small, manufactured plastic pellets, typically measuring less […]

The Trump administration’s environmental legacy can be undone. Here’s how.

The turnover in presidential administrations at the end of January may also signal new prospects for environmental protection. (Tia Dufour/The White House/) With little more than a month left in its term, the Trump Administration has kept up its streak of implementing policy changes that put water, air, climate stability, public health, and wildlife in […]

Environmental cues control cassava flowering

Cassava generally produces flowers in the dry season in mountainous areas. Credit: © 2020 RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science New knowledge about the flowering mechanism of a popular cassava cultivar, gleaned by a RIKEN-led study, could help efforts to produce improved breeds of the crop. Cassava is a major tropical crop that provides sustenance […]